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Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini was born on October 21, 1995 into an artistic family in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Her mother is a Jewish-American painter. Her father, Dumisani Dlamini, is a South African actor, composer, and film producer of Zulu descent best known for starring in the 1992 musical film Sarafina!. According to Doja Cat, she never met her father growing up.Her father has denied this claim, stating that he has a "healthy" relationship with his daughter. Soon after her birth, Dlamini and her mother moved to New York City, where they lived for five years. Her family later moved back to California in Oak Park, where her mother enrolled her in ballet, tap and jazz lessons from the age of five. Her aunt, a singer, gave Dlamini singing lessons to help her get into a performing arts school. Her family then moved near the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles when she was 11 years old, where they lived in an ashram in the mountains of Agoura Hills and...
2012–2017: Career beginnings and record deal
Doja Cat has described life after dropping out of school as "messy", claiming that she slept on the floor and spent "all night and day" browsing the internet, looking for beats and instrumentals from YouTube which she downloaded and used to create her own music. She taught herself to sing, rap and use GarageBand while at home without a job, frequently making music and uploading it to SoundCloud. She got her stage name from one of her cats as well as her favorite strain of marijuana, stating,...
2018–2019: Amala and "Mooo!"
In February 2018, Doja Cat released the promotional single "Roll with Us". The following month, she released the single "Go to Town", which was released with an accompanying music video on the same day and would become the lead single from her debut album. "Candy" was released as the album's second single that same month. The track would become a sleeper hit after a "dance challenge" on the video-sharing platform TikTok went viral in late 2019. Consequently, the single charted in countries su...
2019–2020: Breakthrough with Hot Pink
In October 2019, Doja Cat released "Bottom Bitch", the second single from her second album. This was followed by the release of the single "Rules" alongside the announcement of her second studio album Hot Pink. Hot Pink was released on November 7, 2019 to generally favorable reviews. The album would eventually peak at number 9 on the Billboard 200. She later released the single "Boss Bitch" as part of the soundtrack for the 2020 film Birds of Prey. In January 2020, "Say So" was sent to radio...
Doja Cat's voracious cultural tastes draw from her background engaging in online activities as a suburban teenager. She spent much of her time in front of a computer, delving into sub-cultures and browsing through information about various topics. Her formative years involved a brief stint uploading makeup tutorials onto YouTube. Doja has stated that her biggest musical inspiration is "probably Nicki Minaj", with XXL writer Stacy-Ann Ellis noticing "their similar cartoonish rap deliveries and...
Musical style and themes
Doja Cat has been noted for her musical versatility, including genre fluidity for "crossover-ready pop songs" and her ability to sing, rap and produce. When asked about her legacy, she revealed that in future she would like to be remembered for her versatility in not only music but also visual art and dance. Her second full-length studio album, Hot Pink, is built with her own beats as well as a series of videos written and conceived by herself. Doja called Hot Pink a firm restart for her care...
Doja Cat has stated that she "like[s] both [men and women]. I like dicks and I also like, um, I like people that I can have sex with. You can kind of have sex with anybody, right?" In August 2019, she began dating indie pop musician Jawny, although the pair split up in February 2020. In June 2020, Doja Cat donated $100,000 to the Justice For Breonna TaylorFund, in support of Taylor's family. In early 2021, Doja Cat bought a home in Beverly Hills, California, for $2.2 million.
Doja Cat has been referred to as a "skilled troll" and is known for making playfully absurd posts on platforms such as TikTok. Alongside her eccentric sense of humor and rebellious attitude, Doja Cat is known for her love of "making dumb shit on the internet." However, her posting habits appear to decline with the rise of Doja's mainstream success and she looked to be taken more seriously as an artist. According to Doja Cat, "It's me being a punk. I love being a punk to people who take things way too seriously,"although she does reassert admiring some of these artists and their work.
In 2018, Doja Cat sparked controversy on social media when her Twitter history revealed the usage of the word "faggot". In a tweet dating back to 2015, she used the word to describe hip hop artists Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. Doja Cat initially defended her past remarks. She stated, "I called a couple people faggots when I was in high school in 2015 does this mean I don't deserve support? I've said faggot roughly like 15 thousand times in my life. Does saying faggot mean you hate gay people? I don't think I hate gay people. Gay is ok." Later that day, Doja Cat issued a series of apologies for her words and has since deleted her tweets. As a result of the controversy, Doja Cat was declared the Milkshake Duck of 2018 by NME. In March 2020, Doja Cat received backlash after saying on Instagram live that COVID-19 was only a "flu" and that she was not scared of it. Later that October, Doja Cat was criticized for participating in Kendall Jenner's Halloween and birthday celebrat...
1. Purrr! Tour (2014) 2. Amala Spring Tour (2017–2018) 3. Amala Fall Tour (2018–2019) 4. Hot Pink Tour (2020; cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)
1. Theophilus London– Vibes Tour (2015) 2. Lizzo– Good As Hell Tour (2017)
16 hours ago · NME listed Hot Pink at number 40 on its list of "the 50 best albums of 2019". Awards and nominations. Apart from the nominations received by Hot Pink itself, Doja Cat was selected as a candidate for Best New Artist as well as Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance with "Say So" at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.